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Album Review

Best of the West contains 25 highlights from Riders in the Sky's first five albums for Rounder Records, including such Western standards as "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Here Comes the Santa Fe," "Don't Fence Me In," "Blue Montana Skies," and the group's namesake, "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky."

Customer Reviews

Not what it says

While I love the Riders in the Sky and the Apple Music Store, this album is messed up. Many of the songs listed are not what is actually available for download. Some them are Gene Autry, some I couldn't identify. Exampe the song listed as "How the Yodel was Born" is actually "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." The song listed as "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" is actually "Love Knot in my Lariat" by Gene Autry (I think). Not a bad collection, but not what you think you are buying. I brought this to Apple's attention and they refunded my money . . . but they haven't corrected the problem. Maybe they'll get to it, check the songs before you buy.

Wrong songs!

The first fourteen songs are mislabled. These songs come from another album entitled "Don't Fence Me In" from various artists. If you are expecting a good compilation of Riders in the Sky, this ain't it-- at least until the links are fixed.

Best of the West

Excellent cowboy songs sung by unknown artist. I'm happy with the album that I purchased at the Sacramento Railroad Museum. I'm sorry that I didn't buy from iTunes as I spent $18.90 for this album (plus tax). For $9.99 from iTunes it is a great deal. Go for it and enjoy the music.


Formed: 1977 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Beginning each performance with their trademark greeting, "Mighty fine and a great big Western 'Howdy,' all you buckaroos and buckarettes," Riders in the Sky simultaneously paid tribute to and poked gentle fun at the classic cowboy songs of the 1930s and 1940s, particularly the work of the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, and Gene Autry. During the 1980s and 1990s, the group was notable for its ability to attract fans both firmly within the country tradition (the Riders are members of the Grand...
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